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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Patricia Highsmith's hugely acclaimed, groundbreaking New York love story is now a major film starring Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and Oscar nominee Rooney Mara, and directed by Oscar nominee Todd Haynes

Therese is an awkward nineteen-year-old with a department store job she hates and a boyfriend she doesn't love. Then, one day, an alluring woman in her thirties walks up to her counter. Therese is wholly unprepared for the first shock of love.

Carol is a sophisticated, bored suburban housewife in the throes of a divorce and a custody battle for her ownly daughter. As Therese becomes irresistibly drawn into Carol's world, she soon realises how much they both stand to lose . . .

First published in 1952 as The Price of Salt, Carol is a hauntingly atmospheric love story set against the backdrop of fifties New York, and now a major film.

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Praise for Carol

  • I'm a huge fan - Sarah Waters

  • Highsmith is a giant of the genre. The original, the best, the gloriously twisted Queen of Suspense - Mark Billingham

  • Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing . . . bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night - The New Yorker

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Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and moved to New York when she was six. In her senior year she edited the college magazine, having decided at the age of sixteen to become a writer. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, was made into a classic film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. The Talented Mr Ripley, published in 1955, introduced the fascinating anti-hero Tom Ripley, and was made into an Oscar-winning film in 1999 by Anthony Minghella. Graham Greene called Patricia Highsmith 'the poet of apprehension', saying that she 'created a world of her own - a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger' and The Times named her no.1 in their list of the greatest ever crime writers. Patricia Highsmith died in Locarno, Switzerland, in February 1995. Her last novel, Small g: A Summer Idyll, was published posthumously, the same year.

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